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Comparative Programming

What is Comparative Programming

Comparative programming involves designing programs in different languages to accomplish the same task. Through the process of addressing a common problem the varied idioms and techniques of different programming languages highlight alternative methods of solving problems, allowing us to look at a task and solution from many angles. When we spend too much time working and thinking in a single language we can become blocked in by it’s patterns and practices. This narrows our focus to the point of missing sometimes obvious, innovative answers to the problems we come across every day. The techniques we discover in Comparative Programming may not always be faster, more efficient, or better suited to the task at hand, but they do offer multiple approaches; the more tools and techniques we have to choose from, the better the chances are that we can work out an optimal solution. Of course, it’s also just entertaining to play around with programming languages that we don’t get to use everyday.

Examples

  1. The Echo program.
  2. The Frequency Analysis program